Thursday, August 16, 2018

Florida education news: Taxes, charter schools, superintendents and more

TAXES: Citing financial needs and an aging infrastructure, Hillsborough County superintendent Jeff Eakins says he is investigating the possibility of seeking a local tax referendum to bring in more revenue for schools.

PUBLIC MEETINGS: A Pasco County School Board member says he'll no longer meet privately with district administrators to discuss agenda items before meetings.

CHARTER SCHOOLS: An Escambia County charter school will close after classes end, unable to sustain its shrinking enrollment, WKRG reports. • The Sarasota County School Board rejects a new charter school application by Academica amid protests against the plan, the Herald-Tribune reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: Outgoing Brevard County superintendent Desmond Blackburn rejects accusations that he looked to leave because of his role in creating Broward County's under-fire discipline program, Florida Today reports. The Brevard School Board says it plans to look internally for a new leader, Florida Today reports. • Manatee County School Board members say they expect superintendent Diana Greene to win the Duval County superintendent's post, the Bradenton Herald reports.

READING LESSONS: The Manatee school district partners with community organizations to help improve reading skills of elementary students and their parents, WWSB reports.

MATH LESSONS: A Volusia County elementary school emphasizes math through hallway murals and other approaches, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

SECURITY: Surveyed Lake County high school students say reinforced and locked doors are their top priority for increasing campus safety, the Daily Commercial reports. • Sarasota County Republicans discuss their views on school security, the Herald-Tribune reports.

HONORED: Lake County's teacher of the year has her name placed on the Leesburg High media center, the Daily Commercial reports.

IN COURT: The Orange County school district files a new lawsuit alleging AT&T overcharged the district, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

ROAD CLOSED: The Sarasota County School Board approves the temporary closure of a road that runs through the Sarasota High campus, the Herald-Tribune reports.

BAD ACTS: A Marion County high school agriculture teacher is placed on leave after students reported he was drowning raccoons during school hours, WCJB reports. More from Gainesville Sun.

TODAY: Florida Board of Education, 9 a.m., Pinellas County School Board Office, Largo

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Florida education news: Budgets, audits, board races and more

Florida education news: Budgets, audits, board races and more

BUDGETS: Florida Board of Education members say local school districts should have more flexibility in how they spend their resources, while kicking off planning for their next legislative budget request. Teacher salaries and school security top...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Brooksville Elementary gets new principal

Brooksville Elementary gets new principal

Mike Lastra has been chosen as the new principal of Brooksville Elementary School, Hernando County school district announced Wednesday.He follows Jill Renihan, who recently left the position to take a job as the district's new director of s...
Published: 08/15/18
Florida Board of Education supports funding flexibility as it discusses budgets

Florida Board of Education supports funding flexibility as it discusses budgets

Teacher pay and school security topped the list of concerns for Florida Board of Education members Wednesday as they kicked off their annual legislative budget request process.Though they wondered where they might find the money for any added ex...
Published: 08/15/18
Achievement schools are getting those needed teachers

Achievement schools are getting those needed teachers

At Tuesday's Hillsborough County School Board meeting, Superintendent Jeff Eakins answered our questions about the 50 Achievement Schools and lingering teacher vacancies. The district's communications office gave us more information that we will shar...
Published: 08/15/18
State audit shows some students improperly received Florida Tax Credit Scholarships

State audit shows some students improperly received Florida Tax Credit Scholarships

To be eligible for a Florida Tax Credit Scholarship, children must meet specific financial criteria including household income standards.When issuing scholarships between 2015-2017, funding organization Step Up For Students did not pro...
Published: 08/15/18
Florida education news: Teacher pay, birthday treats, water supply and more

Florida education news: Teacher pay, birthday treats, water supply and more

TEACHER PAY: Pasco County School Board members said they want to look for money in the district budget to give employees raises. So far, they've asked questions but come up with no solid answers.TRANSPARENCY: Hillsborough County school dist...
Published: 08/15/18
Pasco School Board members ask questions, await answers in pursuit of money for raises

Pasco School Board members ask questions, await answers in pursuit of money for raises

Pasco County School Board members say they want to give employees pay raises this year.In the two weeks since declaring their desire, though, the board members have not submitted a single idea to the administration they say they would support to...
Published: 08/14/18
Former Florida chief justice challenges Amendment 8, five others as unconstitutionally bundled

Former Florida chief justice challenges Amendment 8, five others as unconstitutionally bundled

Retired Florida chief justice Harry Lee Anstead has asked his former panel to require justification for why six proposed constitutional amendments including Amendment 8 should remain on the November ballot, or to toss them out.Anstead, joined by...
Published: 08/14/18
Birthdays to become a little less sweet in Pasco County schools

Birthdays to become a little less sweet in Pasco County schools

First, the schools banned homemade cakes, saying children who wanted to celebrate birthdays with classmates had to bring store-bought treats instead.Now, the Pasco County school district is putting the brakes on many of the most popular treats altoge...
Published: 08/14/18
Florida education news: Students’ return, water testing, Amendment 8 and more

Florida education news: Students’ return, water testing, Amendment 8 and more

BACK TO SCHOOL: Children returned to classes Monday in Hernando, Pasco and Pinellas counties, with most districts reporting smooth sailing in the day's activities. • Pasco students and staff were enthusiastic, for the most part, about the ...
Published: 08/14/18